Carpopedal spasms

Carpopedal spasms are involuntary, sometimes violent, spasms of (typically but not exclusively) the fingers and toes. There’s little difference between the symptoms of normal muscle spasm and symptoms of carpopedal spasm.

Common triggers of carpopedal spasms include calcium deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, hyperventilation, stress and dehydration. Other less common causes include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s.

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Sudden cramps in fingers, thumbs, toes, and feet.
  • Extreme fatigue following spasms.
  • ”Pins and needles” sensation in the affected area.
  • Numbness of the affected area.

Typical treatments are:

  • Calcium supplements.
  • Vitamin D supplements.
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated.
  • Exercise – especially aerobic and strength-building exercises. 
  • Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques – these are often helpful if the condition is caused by stress.
  • Always seek advice before taking dietary supplements.